3e News

Agricultural Conservation Plans Help Keep Streams Clean

November 27 2017

livestock excluded from riparian areas3e is helping to keep streams clean through our work with private landowners, the Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We prepared an Agricultural Conservation Plan, including design of exclusion fencing, stream crossings, and other infrastructure aimed at improving water quality on a farm in central Virginia. The project will:

-reestablish riparian buffers by installing new exclusion fence to keep cows out of riparian areas;

-improve water quality by keeping cows from excreting waste directly into the stream; and

-minimize streambank and streambed erosion by constructing new crossings for cattle to cross streams

-minimize travel surface erosion by consolidating trails and establishing a fenced hardened walking trail

Because the landowner and SWCD will receive cost reimbursements from the NRCS, 3e also assisted by preparing a cultural resources evaluation and coordinating with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for the project to comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.  This project, including the design, was funded by a grant from the Virginia Agricultural BMP Cost-Share Program to enhance water quality in the State. 

Want to learn more? Contact us to start a conversation! 3e staff will be on hand at the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District 2017 Annual Meeting. We hope to see you there!

exclusion fencingstream crossing

Environmental Virginia Symposium 2017

April 11 2017

3e staff had a great time at the 2017 Environment Virginia Symposium at the VMI Center for Leadership & Ethics April 4-6 in Lexington, Virginia. Our staff enjoyed the opportunity to network with peers and attend the interesting breakout sessions. Katie Shoemaker, PE and Steve Marks, PE, CFM gave a presentation on Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Reduction Credits for Urban Stream Restoration. Thanks to the VMI Center for Leadership & Ethics for hosting this great event!


2017 USACE Nationwide Permit Renewal

February 03 2017

Clean Water Act Section 404 Nationwide permits (NWPs) are general permits issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on a nationwide basis for activities having minimal impacts. NWPs are designed to provide timely USACE authorization for a wide variety of activities in wetlands and other areas that the federal government has determined to be regulated “waters of the United States.” Work in these jurisdictional wetlands and streams can include residential developments, utility lines and road crossings, for example.

The NWPs are proposed, issued, modified, reissued (extended), and revoked from time to time, after the opportunity for public notice and comment. Last issued on March 19, 2012, there are currently 50 Nationwide Permits. All of these Nationwide Permits expire five years after issuance on March 18, 2017.

The USACE has proposed changes to several existing NWPs, as well as the issuance of two new NWPs and modification to some of the General Condition and Definitions.  The Corps’ proposed modifications to existing NWPs, which are tabulated in the Corps’ summary table for the Proposal, aim largely to clarify the terms of the NWPs rather than change their substantive authorization.

Permittees with coverage under an existing NWP may wish to consider seeking to “grandfather” their permit by entering into a contract by March 18, 2017 to perform the work authorized by the NWPs, and/or by commencing construction by that date, and must complete construction by March 18, 2018.

Contact 3e if you have questions about your project's permit status.

EEE Consulting, Inc. Names Two New Associates

October 13 2016

EEE Consulting, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of two new Associates of the firm.  The new Associates are Jennifer Jones and Chris Schrinel, PE.  These employees were selected due to their outstanding performance within the company, and their demonstrated dedication to its mission.  Jennifer holds a broad skill set in the areas of Stormwater Management, Environmental Compliance and Hazardous Materials Management, as well as extensive experience working with state agencies such as Dept. of Military Affairs and Virginia Dept. of Transportation. Chris’ expertise in Stormwater Management provides our clients exceptional assistance in understanding and complying with stormwater regulations. Chris regularly serves clients in state agencies such as Virginia Community College System and Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services as well as a range of localities to include City of Hopewell, Salem, and the Town of Christiansburg, Virginia. Congratulations Jennifer and Chris!

3e Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices

August 29 2016

EEE Consulting, Inc. has been honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success.

This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes employers of all sizes and types in Virginia and North Carolina and across the country. In 2016, approximately 350 workplaces received awards.

The award is the result of a rigorous assessment. Worksites must first qualify by ranking in the top 20 percent of the country based on a nationally representative sample of employers. Two-thirds of the evaluation of applicants comes from an employee survey. Applicants are evaluated on six research-based ingredients of an effective workplace: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement — all factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement.

“These employers have excelled at creating effective workplaces yielding tremendously positive results for business success, as well as for their employees’ well-being and productivity,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI. “Effective workplaces recognize that employees are an organization’s greatest resource and make a critical difference in the organization’s ability to not only survive, but to thrive.”  

“The 2016 When Work Works Award winners confirm that leading employers are continuing the movement toward effective workplace strategies that benefit both business and employees,” said Lisa Horn, director of SHRM’s workplace flexibility initiative. “These innovative strategies are what sets these organizations apart, allowing them to attract and retain top talent, giving them a competitive advantage.”

To learn more, check out this interactive map, which includes winning organizations by state: http://www.whenworkworks.org/be-effective/2016-when-work-works-award-winners-state-listing

When Work Works is a national project that shares research results on what makes an effective and flexible workplace with the business community.

For more information about the When Work Works initiative and the When Work Works Award, visit www.whenworkworks.org

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